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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Maria Bertrand

Doctoral Researcher
Regional assessment of barriers to adaptation including biophysical aspects and knowledge gaps


  • Climate Change Adaptation Barriers in the Caribbean
  • Adaptation specific time scales
  • Processes to overcome barriers


"The research topic on analyzing barriers to climate change adaptation (CCA) is an interesting topic for me to delve into, due to my experience from working on a Caribbean island of implementation difficulties of CCA. Reaching an understanding of what those barriers are and how they can be overcome would not only be of importance in the Loss and Damage discussions of the UNFCCC COPs, but also hopefully have a major impact on the SIDS political will to propel in developing their policies, strategies and environmental laws on a whole." Maria Bertrand

Since December 2017, Maria Bertrand is part of the junior research group “Temporal Evolution of Barriers to Adaptation and their Relevance for Climate Related Loss and Damage” led by Dr. Carl-Friedrich Schleußner, a consortium project between Climate Analytics and IRI THESys. Maria herself is based at Climate Analytics and is enrolled at IRI THESys' Graduate Program.

Her work within the research group focuses on the regional assessment of barriers to climate change adaptation in a Caribbean case study including biophysical aspects and knowledge gaps.

Before joining the group, Maria worked in Dominica as an Environmental Officer at the Environmental Coordinating Unit (ECU), as Technical Consultant at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), as Environmental Technical Officer at the Dominica Bureau of Standards (DBOS) and as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the World Bank.

Selected Publications

Bertrand, M. Climate Change section, Basic Fisherman’s Training Course Manual 2017 (Dominica)

Bertrand, M. Block project Review Report 2012 (Sweden)

Bertrand, M. Investigation of protection zones - a study in nutrient retention and cost efficiency, Master Thesis 2006, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

THESys Project